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"Bi" is a prefix which is often translated as "bi", and "tri-" is a prefix which is often translated as "tri-". Learn more about the difference between "bi" and "tri-" below.
bi(
bay
)
A prefix is an affix that is added to the beginning of a word to create a new word with a different meaning (e.g. auto, pre).
prefix
1. (two)
a. bi
Rachel speaks Spanish and is studying bilingual education in the United States.Rachel habla español y está estudiando educación bilingüe en los Estados Unidos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sexual preference)
a. bisexual
That famous singer is bi, and she dates both men and women.Esa cantante famosa es bisexual, y tiene amoríos tanto con hombres como con mujeres.
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tri-
A prefix is an affix that is added to the beginning of a word to create a new word with a different meaning (e.g. auto, pre).
prefix
1. (three)
a. tri-
Nikki is riding her tricycle in the park.Nikki se pasea en su triciclo en el parque.
2. (into three)
a. tri-
Patrick learned how to trisect a line segment in geometry class today.Patrick aprendió a trisecar un segmento de línea en la clase de geometría hoy.
3. (thrice)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My daughters have a triweekly gymnastics class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.Mis hijas tienen clase de gimnasia tres veces por semana; los lunes, miércoles y viernes.
On the year-round schedule I had triannual vacations; in June, October, and February.En el calendario anual, tenía vacaciones tres veces al año; en junio, octubre y febrero.
4. (every third)
a. tri-
Our town holds triennial elections, so our mayor changes every three years.Nuestra ciudad celebra elecciones trienales, por lo que nuestro alcalde cambia cada tres años.
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